Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Into the Arms of Mary

Summit View

Many Palms volunteers find themselves living among deeply religious communities. Especially in countries with a traumatic history, we find our partners often witness to how a deep personal and communal faith sustained them through the most extreme difficulties. It is a great privilege to share in a community’s own religious expression and rituals, as volunteers […]

Running Water

Water cropped

In urban Australia fresh water seems so abundant we use it to flush toilets.  It is easy to forget how precious water is in the majority world. In Maliana, Timor Leste, fresh drinking/cooking water is obtained in bottles or from natural springs, yet for other purposes any running water will do. Volunteer Paul Tan reflects […]

Papua New Guinea Field Trip

Mark and John at Emmaus Farm with their income generating Eaglewood saplings.

A recent trip to Madang and Kiunga provided many insights into the importance of our volunteers and our approach to volunteering.

Retired volunteers: the giving of wisdom

Ben, Frank and John in Madang

You would be mistaken if you think volunteering is just a “young person’s game”. Older volunteers bring a number of qualities which can make them the most effective at contributing to their host communities.

Once more into the fray

Pedro, Monica, Mariano and Adison (front) at a graduation at CTC Baucau

Volunteering can be both a challenging and immensely rewarding experience. Few returnees would claim to remain unchanged by the experience. Some, such as Des Hansen and Monica Morrison, value the experience so much that they return for another placement.

Field Trip: Papua New Guinea

Margaret, Nathasia and Annette in St Mary's School of Nursing staff room

While large-scale projects – roads, mobile phone towers, mines, etc. – prided by governments and corporations, capture our attention from a distance; the small, local activities are most meaningful to people’s lives.

25 more prepare to volunteer overseas

The Hermitage, Mittagong

25 Australians will prepare over the coming 9 days for cross-cultural work as part of Palms Australia’s 90th Orientation Course in Mittagong NSW.


And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. - Marianne Williamson